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Lecturer • Scholar of Engineering Practice
Embedded Systems Engineering

I’m a technology executive and software engineer with a background in operating systems, networking, and audio/video protocols.  I joined the ECEE department in the fall semester of 2020; I currently teach ECEN 5813 Principles of Embedded Software. Previously, I was as a visiting instructor at Carnegie Mellon University, Africa, where I taught Hands-on Ethical Hacking.

In 2002, I co-founded Cardinal Peak, a 120-person engineering design services company focusing on developing audio/video and Internet of Things products. I led Cardinal Peak until 2017, when I stepped back from day-to-day involvement. I now serve as chairman of the company and a member of the board of directors.

Prior to starting Cardinal Peak, I held engineering management and engineering positions at Microsoft, the Santa Cruz Operation, Taligent, and DiviCom. In 1999, I founded and served as CEO of Vantum, a venture-funded startup focused on building hardware and software solutions for the use of digital video in enterprise applications.

I have a B.S. in mathematics and professional writing from Carnegie Mellon.